[opendtv] Re: News: Merger of Sirius and XM Approved by F.C.C.

  • From: "Adam Goldberg" <adam_g@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 19:57:39 -0400

There was a proposal to mandate HD Radio in satellite receivers.  On behalf
of my employer, I lobbyied against that requirement.  I have not seen any
press reports that indicates what conditions were attached to the approval
(other than the $20M fines).  I have seen reports that the documents would
be available this coming week, and when that happens, I'm sure someone will
post the details here.

On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 6:14 PM, Albert Manfredi <
albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Adam Goldberg wrote:
> > The Washington Post has a longer story:
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/25/AR2008072503026.html?hpid=topnews
> The Wash Post article makes the point that it is mostly car radios *offered
> as factory installed equipment* that create the audience for satellite
> radio. Which makes sense to me.
> The next question is, does this mean that all these merged-standard
> satellite radio receivers will also include HD Radio tuning? That wasn't
> mentioned in either article.
> The other questions are, how does this affect the likelihood that future
> requests to merge Echostar and DirecTV will be granted? Ditto for increasing
> the national cap on OTA TV station networks. The arguments in favor of all
> of these are essentially the same.
> Bert
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